This old photo shows my parents-in-law, Sam and Maria, with 3yo Joe and 1yo Domenica. They all came to Australia from Sicily in 1951 to start a new life for themselves.
More babies were born and the family grew and prospered from these humble beginnings living in this little wooden shack.
Was it destiny for Joe to meet me in 1968 and for us to marry a couple of years later & produce our four children?
His whole family had to cross the world for this to happen.
This pic is of my Greatgrandmother Mary. She came to Australia in 1856 from Tipperary, Ireland. She married fellow Irishman, John who had been transported as a convict...yes I do have convict origins....and they had seven children which Mary was left to raise after John died at just 36.
Poor Mary didn't fair well in the beauty stakes and even more sad is the fact that I look just like her. Yikes!
This little tot is my mother Nina, she was born in 1912.
Second of four daughters to Mary's youngest child Liza. Mum was a great storyteller and I grew up listening to her descibe the life of her youth. How I wish I had written it down...or that she had been able to write a blog....I'm so glad to have these photos, just look at the ruffles on the dress, all pressed with an old flat iron and the wee shoes, so sweet.